Fountain Archive

2011

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Seth Mette
4169

The Great Flood of Questions

Nowadays, we are alerted by scientists about possible future floods due to extreme weather events or melting of the polar ice because of global warming. Even producers have come up with several movies... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4059

A Pristine Spring

A skyline of lively hills and purple mountains appeared As sleepers floated in their deepest slumbers In purple and pink, successive dawns were swelling While in waters swans were elegantly gliding... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4640

Haya (Modesty)

Sufis use haya, which literally means shame, bashfulness, and refraining from saying or doing anything improper or indecent, to describe one who, out of fear and awe of God, seeks to avoid displeasing... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Yusuf Ziya Gurtas
4712

Metaphors, Metaphysics, Mathematics, etc.

Analogies, metaphors, and similes are essential elements of human cognition and this makes them an indispensable tool in education, science, and literature. When it comes to explaining metaphysical co... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Selnur Hatice Yerli
7488

Cognitive Dissonance and the Psychology of Sin

Peter was a successful banker and the vice president of one of the biggest banks in the state. He was also a very intelligent guy who can “magically” transfer his customers’ money to his own account w... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Halil I. Demir
3693

Super Computer in a Cell

Since the first electronic computer ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was announced in 1946, computers have changed a great deal. As computers become more powerful and faster, their... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Mirkena Ozer
3685

Watermark

“It is a sin to waste water,” warns my mom. She might as well save her breath. After carrying water in pails and plastic bins from the first to the fourth floor of the building where we live, I know ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Ceyda Sablak
4211

Thinking

I was sitting by the beach and thinking about anything, everything, yet nothing all at once… The waves were in such a rush, like all the bustling people in the city. Maybe if you rush you will get m... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz
3993

It's Us Peter! Your Teeth

Dear Peter…! We agreed with the other organs to explain the splendid art inherent in us to you; we have patiently waited our turn. Our aim is to remind you to look after yourself so you will continue... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Hikmet Isik
4784

Reproaching Our Fellow-travelers

Question: Different groups or individuals who do good work in their own way are sometimes critical of others for using different methods. What would you say about being critical of others on one hand ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
The Fountain
4568

"As if I ate" diet is effective

1- “As if I ate” diet is effective Original Article: Morewedge C.K. et al., Science 330, 1530 (2010). If you’ve had a chance to visit the Fatih district in Istanbul, then you have probably seen the read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
The Fountain
4716

Peacebuilding

Everything has a price; in particular, things as precious as peace always come at a heavy cost. Peace is a constructive effort. And building is a gradual activity, one brick after another; it takes ti... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6023

Dreamy World of the Past

The grace and flavor of our legendary glorious past does no longer exist in a great many people and in most of the places. Just like our thoughts and feelings, our joys, pleasures and philosophy of li... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Ebubekir Pasazade
4880

Mushroom: A Unique Blessing

Until recently fungi used to be considered plants. Today, due to their unique qualities, fungi have now been categorized as a separate kingdom, in addition to animals and plants. Among the fungi are n... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Stanley Ridge
5418

Faith, Theology and Service in Peacebuilding

Fethullah Gulen’s work and thinking starts and ends in faith. In a world that commonly extends conflict by speaking of religion either in stereotyped or in ideologized terms, this is a refreshingly en... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Sumeyra Dural Cokavci
7314

Sweeter Than Sugar, Black as Night, Healing as Medicine

Imagine a substance that’s fifty times sweeter than sugar and flexible enough to use as a shoelace or a jump rope. Just like plastic, this substance can be shaped into tiny bears, cats, Scottie dogs, ... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Nuh Aydin
8780

Islamic Science and Making of the European Renaissance

George Saliba is a professor of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University in New York, USA. He is an expert on the history of science, especially astronomy and mathematical sciences. On his we... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Sebnem Unlu
4354

My Dear Joseph

“My dear Joseph …” These were the words of Jacob as he wept for his beloved, trustful and humble son Joseph, whom his brothers alleged was eaten by a wolf. They showed him a shirt soiled with some blo... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Jennifer Knight-ari
5969

Each Child Is Born Knowing God

She remembered the day when the world stopped being beautiful. As a child of 11, Rebecca thought she was going blind. There was a Japanese plum tree in her front yard, and its leaves seemed duller th... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3965

Sidq (Truthfulness)

Meaning true thought, true words and true actions, sidq is reflected in the life of a traveler on the path to God as follows: he or she does not lie or tell a falsehood, lives according to truthfulnes... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3577

The Luminous Riders

The luminous riders, divine light on their faces With fire in their hearts and a blissful composure They take everywhere armfuls of peace Inside their eyes dews of infinity appear The luminous rid... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Halil I. Demir
4482

Second Life or Afterlife?

What would you think if you overheard two people talking about Second Life? Although this may sound like the afterlife to most, that is, where, after facing the Judgment of God humans will be either a... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Mirkena Ozer
4339

The Story of a Lie

“Take these trousers to Kristina, the old seamstress,” my teacher instructed me, “and tell her they need mending. I have also put some extra fabric in the bag,” she added. This wasn’t the first time I... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Colin Turner
4616

Renewal in Belief: A Model for Modern Times

If the definitive history of twentieth century Islamic movements is ever written, one wonders whether its author would be both perspicacious and brave enough to argue a point which, while held in priv... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Safiye Arslan
3612

A Well-designed On/Off Switch for the Cellular Pathways

In living cells, ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a key molecule, which is transcribed from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and was known to function in the protein synthesis, since its new properties such as RN... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Nathan Ruler
14497

Kant on Causality: A Critical Approach

Immanuel Kant shaped modern philosophy enormously and determined its way towards today. There are two main strands in contemporary Western philosophy: analytic philosophy, which is widely practiced in... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz
4474

It's me Peter, your kidney!

Dear Peter, in the earlier issues my friends heart and stomach spoke with you and I patiently waited for my turn. I am located at the waist level to the right of the spine and my twin left kidney on t... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
Hikmet Isik
3963

Vacations

Question: How should we make use of our vacations to dispel fatigue and boredom arising from our regular occupations? Even if work done is for the sake of good, if it does not occasionally add color... read more..

Issue 79 (January - February 2011)
The Fountain
4401

Your sleep shapes your hair

1- Your sleep shapes your hair Original Article: Akashi M. et al., PNAS 107, 15643 (2010). Feeling sleepy during the day after a long flight? Internal body clock genes are to blame. Circadian (Latin read more..

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